I am a civil rights attorney doing work at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), whose work has focused on transgender legal concerns for nearly 20 years. My inspiration for doing this work has been both my personal journey connected to my transgender and lesbian identities but also the history I experienced as a junior high school student witnessing the pitched battle waged to repeal the Miami-Dade Gay Rights Ordinance. In 1977 the so-called Save Our Children campaign was created to reverse one of the country’s first gay rights ordinances, a local law that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in areas of housing, employment, and public accommodation.
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